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Lowering the Drinking Age Ever since the end of prohibition in 1933 the United States government has placed the issue of MLDA minimum legal drinking age sensitively in the hands of the states letting each decide for itself what the minimum age should be At that time all agreed that the minimum legal drunken age should be 21 where it remained for all states until 1970 Between 1970 and 1975 a number of states 29 to be exact played around with the idea of lowering that age to 20 19 and even 18 for some states At this time the minimum age for other activities like the right to vote were being lowered as well The argument was that if a person is considered an adult at 18 and can serve his or her country and vote in its elections he or she ought to be able to have a drink Toomey 1 During the period in the 70s when many states were lowering their drinking ages scientists started doing studies to determine whether or not the younger drinking ages had any effect on automobile accidents These studies generally concluded that traffic accidents significantly increased among teenagers after the MLDA was loweredToomey 1 It can However easily be argued that since these studies came out right after the drinking ages had been lowered they would naturally show that there was an increase in death among teenagers Anytime you change something dramatically it takes a while for things to settle into a routine If all of a sudden for instance you allow 18 year olds to drink alcoholic when before they couldnt its going to take a while before that becomes the norm and therefore less exciting and alluring These studies would have been far more accurate if they had been done after society had adapted to the change When the Government found that many of the states were lowering the drinking age
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